March 19, 2012

A Season for Harrowing

Normally, our plow first  breaks the ground here around April 1st. With the weather being so uncommonly warm, however, we have been out plowing and discing for more than a week already.  This three acre field, rented by a local farmer in Preston, will bear a large vegetable crop for resale. The plans of the farmer is to labor as much as possible with horse power,  rather than tractor. Two days worth of work and much of the ground is plowed and disc harrowed, although there is far more acreage to harrow for cover crop. 

Yesterday, we put four of our horses to the harrow, and these pictures show the result of that. For those of you who would find interest in the mechanics of driving four under the "Ohio" or "Midwest Amish" system of lines, go tot this video - Terry explains it all!

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